Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12

 
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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This beer was inspired by David Rogers’ winning entry in the 2011 Big Batch Brew Bash homebrew competition. The color is orangy amber with a light, creamy head. The nose has rich malt notes and a little alcohol that combines with a spicy hop note to create a complex bouquet. The taste has a spicy, malty beginning that smoothes out into a creamy middle and a warming finish. While this beer is enjoyable now, it is designed to be aged and will shine after a year or more in the bottle. This will allow sherry flavors to develop as the alcohol oxidizes. It is also important to allow this beer to warm up so that all of the flavors emerge and round out the high alcohol level.

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3.9
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Really light coloring for the style like an IPA. Nose is sour fruit, bread, booze. Flavor is deep as heck, more like a big farmhouse or heavy sour. Great body that masks the 10% ABV. Overall, great offering, different in the fact that it excludes all that is roasty and dark, more IPA or Belgian style. Let it warm also...

3.7
boto (2263) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 16, 2013
12oz. bottle: Thanks, Kevin! This one pours a slightly hazy, lighter orangish-amber color. The aroma is a bit light for a 10%er, but good none the less. It’s a bit musty, with caramel and citrus notes. Also a bit of breadiness, spices and grassy notes. The taste is good. Body is more towards medium. Slightly bitter/sour taste. Some caramel and spice, as well as some faint fruits. No evidence of the alcohol. Very nice!

3.9
crajun (1261) - , Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2013
12 oz bottle to glass - REALLY enjoyed this one - cloudy orange amber pour. good bit of lacing. Niiiice aroma - malt fruits and alcohol. alcohol not in taste though. taste of sweetness - fruit and caramel, sweet in middle then creamy dipa finish. VERy good beer!

2.9
RobertDale (6847) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 20, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours a light cloudy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of fruit, grain, and alcohol. Taste is tropical sweet fruits, caramel, grain, malt, and alcohol. Perhaps it needed more aging.

3.6
presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle. Orange-amber with a bare skiff across the surface. Big manly ABV and strong mouth presence. Nice hop level, enough for an IPA. A little alcohol fume in the finish. Lively for a big beer. A lot in common with an IPA or Barley Wine.

3.2
JStax (7173) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle thanks to Errl. Pours a fairly pale gold with a white froth of head. The aroma is grassy and slightly sweet and buttery. Taste is mildly bitter and fairly delicate in that every aspect of the beer is so slight, you’ve got to work to figure everything out. It’s an interesting beer, and definitely not what I expected. I never would have guessed this was an old ale.

1.6
bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2012
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear orange body with a medium white head. Aroma of mineral, earth, light caramel, cardboard, and alcohol. Flavor of grass, herbs, caramel, aspirin, spoiled fruit, cardboard, and earth. Quite oxidized for how young it is. Drain pour.

3
wchesser (2140) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle from trade with Errl. Thanks, Chris! Big fruity nose, tons of malt. Very hot especially when cold-booze blows it all out. Big malt bomb. Other guys I was with really like this, but there was something off for me. Thing is I read the description after trying it first and felt they were making excuses for faults when young and hoping it improves. Did improve as it warmed to become tolerable but was downright unpleasant to me at the start. Got another bottle...I’ll give it at least a couple years...see what happens.

2.8
jcr (2763) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle. Cloudy, light amber body with orange highlights. Short, fizzy, off-white head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma of sweet fruits, cherry, figs, toasted grain, alcohol and cough medicine. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Peppery alcohol punctuates the finish along with a strong medicinal taste. Less prominent are flavors of overripe fruit, apple and tart cherry. Too medicinal and hot to be really enjoyable.

3.4
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of light fruit and caramel. It pours a transparent amber with a minimal off-white head. The flavor starts with a quick dose of tropical fruits. The finish has caramel, toffee, and muted citrus hops. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.


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